L’Équipe report that next month should almost certainly see the departure of 25-year-old midfielder Adrien Tameze from OGC Nice.
Last summer, he preferred to turn down €2m a year net from Spartak Moscow, which would have seen him earn 17 times what he is currently receiving with Les Aiglons, in order to stay in an attempt to integrate himself into the new INEOS project.
OGC Nice had even reached a €10m agreement with the Russians, as the club’s Director of Football Julien Fournier has confirmed:
“He was due to leave, we had an agreement with him and his representatives. We took a player like Boudaoui and he decided at the final moment not to leave, which is his absolute right as he is under contract (until 2021).”
Tameze was the player who racked up the most amount of minutes under Patrick Vieira in the 2018/19 campaign, but lost his place in the starting XI after the 7th matchday of this season following a disappointing loss to AS Monaco. Injured, he had to wait until 30th October for his next match, in the Coupe de la Ligue against Le Mans, which Les Aiglons disastrously lost and in a game in which he was substituted and became visibly angry on the bench.
Patrick Vieira, who is close to the player and has given him a lot of personal advice as they play(ed) in the same position as each other, did not appreciate his attitude and the club also sanctioned Tameze.
Tameze has a right to feel somewhat betrayed. He was promised an improved contract in November 2018, and that has never come.
Nice are hoping to revive former interest in Tameze that in 2019 has come from Cardiff, Everton, Marseille, Rennes and Atalanta.